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embarrass (someone) into (doing something)

To shame or humiliate someone into doing something. The newspaper ran an unflattering story about our CEO and embarrassed him into donating money to various charities. The other kids embarrassed me into starting the food fight by calling me names.
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embarrass (someone) with (something)

To shame someone with something. Mom, I can't believe you embarrassed me with my baby pictures when all of my friends were over!
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embarrassed about (something)

Shameful about something. I'm so embarrassed about falling down on stage during the talent show! Considering how well you played, you shouldn't feel embarrassed about losing.
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embarrass (one) about (something)

To cause one to feel shame about someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "embarrass" and "about." Don't embarrass him about falling down on stage during the talent show—he's upset enough as it is.
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financially embarrassed

Having little to no money. Any chance we can go out to dinner next week? I'm just a little financially embarrassed right now.
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embarrass someone about someone or something

to make someone feel bad or ashamed about someone or something. Please don't embarrass me by mentioning my mistake again. There is no need to embarrass her about her unfortunate sister.
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embarrass someone into doing something

to shame someone into doing something. They tried to embarrass me into doing it, but I resisted. Juan tried to embarrass Fred into going home early.
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embarrass someone with something

to use something to make someone feel bad or ashamed. Please don't embarrass me with that old story again. Maria embarrassed Henry with a reminder of what had happened.
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financially embarrassed

Euph. broke. I'm a bit financially embarrassed at the moment. Gary found himself financially embarrassed when the time came to pay the bill.
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His only notable contribution was to fall over embarrassingly when he should have been celebrating scoring the opening goal.
The Italian Premier Romano Prodi resigned last night after his centre-left government embarrassingly lost a Senate vote on foreign policy, including the country's military mission in Afghanistan.
Felipe Massa's car was embarrassingly hit by an electrical fault on its installation lap at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona.
TENNIS: World number one Amelie Mauresmo tumbled embarrassingly out of the Hastings Direct Tournament, beaten by her friend and practice partner Nathalie Dechy just hours after being named top seed to win the Wimbledon women's crown.
Dr Beckford should stick to religions and cultures, and steer clear of history and economics, of which subjects he is embarrassingly naive.
Almost embarrassingly (in the best sense) titled Heaven, 2004, and containing not a single hard-edge line, the piece was appropriately accompanied by Clubchair 23 and Clubchair 24 (both 2005), items of chunky, handmade furniture constructed from painted wood and the polypropylene webbing found on folding beach chairs.
Club loyalists charge that Moore was a micromanager who was either unwilling or unable to cede control of even the most minute tasks--even insisting on opening every piece of mail that came through the office, Because he was often on the mad, that policy meant the bundled checks that the Club delivers to candidates in primary campaigns (the Club's central activity) often arrived embarrassingly late.
Embarrassingly, Quebec critics gleefully mocked the fact that the penultimate event of Quebec's traumatic defeat on the Plains of Abraham--the actual battle--does not appear on screen in this expensive movie, the biggest production budget of any Canadian feature to date.
In "Tobermori," for example, a cat learns to speak; and what comes out of his mouth is embarrassingly shocking to the guests at a dinner party.
The higher levels and beings are often ironically lowered; for example, the numinous Una comes embarrassingly close to being raped, and her rescuers are comical (I.
Roto, Rick Joy and Scogin Elam Bray, whose CDs you don't seem to be able to buy at the moment--hopefully soon because their web sites are either non-existent or are embarrassingly barren.
They're by Bertie and cost an embarrassingly small pounds 80 (call 020 7380 3800 for stockists).
Aiding and abetting the new assault are Harvard University Press and New York University Press, which have embarrassingly and irresponsibly published two new books that well illustrate George Orwell's remark about the "selective manipulation of history.
More embarrassingly, astronomers had lost track of most of the baryons--ordinary, visible matter made of protons, electrons, and neutrons.